NWHD Rocks the Metal Mulisha

Freestyle Motocross Show

by BlackJack

Northwest Harley-Davidson in Lacey, Washington knocked it out of the park AGAIN with their Metal Mulisha/Fitz Army Freestyle Motocross Show this past August. If you’re ever looking for a fun, family-friendly motorcycle event, this is it! Whether it’s your kids or your grandkids, everyone is going to have a great day! There is much to do and see – listening to live music, checking out the new models of Harleys along with all of the various makes and models of visiting bikes, stopping by the vendor booths, grabbing a bite to eat from local food trucks, all the while watching a fantastic display of skill, acrobatics and adrenaline aboard motocross dirt bikes.

Although it was overcast, it was still a pretty warm summer day. The side parking area of the NWHD lot was roped off, leaving room for the two huge launch ramps the motocross show would be using. The ramps were set up directly in front of the main entry overhang, which provided easy viewing from the band and seating area, everyone coming and going through the dealerships main entrance, the vendor area, and from the Northwest Beerwerks of Olympia beer garden that was located just outside of their Service Dept door. There were no bad seats for the show!

The Fitz Army FMX riders were Beau Bamburg, Robert Haslam and Jake Jolson. These guys appeared to be having a great time pushing their motocross bikes to the limit on each and every jump, defying gravity by twisting and stretching their bodies around the bikes between the ramps, and feeding off the energy of the amazed crowd of onlookers. Everyone on the ground was trying to grab pictures and video with their cellphones as each rider launched his bike thirty feet or more into the air when jumping.

The dealership had a constant stream of people through their doors all day long. There were many new bike models to check out from Sportsters to Tri-Glides, as well as a great selection of accessories for your motorcycle, plus their expansive MotorClothes department located upstairs. Throughout the day folks were checking out and testing the new or pre-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycles parked out front. For me, it was fun watching a few of those that hadn’t quite committed to taking the leap, finally sit on that ‘just right’ bike, and seeing the smile in the corner of their mouth begin to form as their eyes lit up… you know the look… it’s that ‘this is the one’ look.

The vendor area in the front parking lot was bustling with attendees shoulder to shoulder. Products, giveaways and information were available from Max Meyers Law, Costco, America’s Credit Union, Grey Ghost Gear, and Best Western Liberty Inn in Lacey. Folks could opt for some ink time if they were so inclined, courtesy of Rollin’ Gypsy Tattoo from Tacoma, who was set up inside the breezeway between the Service Department and the main retail area. Those that were hungry for a bite to eat could visit the Roadway Grill mobile BBQ pit or the Taqueria la Esquinita food truck. Either choice resulted in some awesome food!

The live music that afternoon was performed by Colossal Boss, billed as “a hard drivin’ groovy hard rock band hailing from Seattle.” Their love of classic rock and blues kept everyone movin’ around throughout the afternoon, whether they were dancing, sitting and listening, or walking around. Everyone was ‘stepping to the beat’ in some manner or fashion.

Many of the attendees walking around the vendor area took the opportunity to climb aboard the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience bike to see and feel what riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is all about. It consists of a Harley-Davidson Sportster combined with a stationary support stand that allows the rider to mount the bike, fire up the motor, put their feet on the pegs, twist the throttle and put it through the gears as if they were on the open road.

Co-owner Julio Valdenegro wrapped up the event by taking the stage and thanking everyone for attending and supporting their Metal Mulisha/Fitz Army event; he thanked all of the vendors, the band and the FMX riders.

He also took a moment to explain that the event this year was dedicated to supporting the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, the nation’s largest mentoring network for children five through eighteen years of age. To find out more or how you can help, visit www.swwabigs.org.

If you are in the area, stop by and visit Northwest Harley-Davidson, “the Friendliest Shop on the West Coast,” located just off I-5 at Exit 111 in Lacey, WA. You can also find them online at www.nwharley.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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